HISTART 210 - History of Photography
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Cost:
<50
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Photography has grown up with modern life: Making sense of its history requires an understanding of its broad social functions, its integration with everyday experience, and its complex relationships to the history of art and the history of modernity. This course surveys the history of photography from its public debut in 1839 to the present day, and introduces students to the tools needed to interpret its varied uses and meanings.

Photography comprises a wide range of technologies and cultural practices. The cultural significance of photographs has historically been centered in their persuasiveness as records, yet the medium has also served, from its inception, as a vehicle for fictions and fantasies. Tracing photography’s evolution as an art form while attending to its operation within fields like science, politics, sociology, journalism and medicine, we will open the persuasive nature of the photograph to closer scrutiny: students will investigate photography’s rhetorical and evidentiary dimensions—the photograph’s dual status as picture and record—and learn to read the medium’s history as a continuing negotiation of these properties.

Students will learn to analyze photographs as pictures, to incorporate visual analysis within historical argument, and to approach the diversity of photographic production from a broad historical perspective. The course will acquaint students with core principles and problems in the history of photography, with a selection of key historical sources and recent writings on the medium. HISTART Concentration Distributions: D. Europe and the US, 4. Modern and Contemporary.

No Required textbooks, readings on Canvas

Course Requirements:

Readings, written assignment, 2 take-home-exams

Intended Audience:

Open to all students, no prerequisite

Class Format:

Lecture, class discussion in sections

HISTART 210 - History of Photography
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
23177
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
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23178
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M 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
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23179
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M 1:00PM - 2:00PM
004 (DIS)
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23180
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M 2:00PM - 3:00PM
005 (DIS)
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23181
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Tu 10:00AM - 11:00AM
006 (DIS)
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24274
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Tu 11:00AM - 12:00PM
007 (DIS)
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30896
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Tu 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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